From the Geronimo Inns group comes the (newly re-launched) Betjeman Arms; ideally located on the upper level of Kings Cross St Pancras International so you can enjoy one last meal in the capital before catching your Eurostar; or even a welcome home drink after a long weekend away.
We were seated in the dining room, a hugely comfortable red and yellow accented space, with warm lighting and cosy furnishings that offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, immediately making us feel welcome and at ease; we ordered two glasses of red wine from their accomplished selection and then settled down to peruse what delectable dishes they had on offer.
We both chose toast based starters; one accompanied by potted shrimp and the other by ham hock terrine and piccalilli, and they were really something special. The potted shrimp had a somewhat buttery consistency and was therefore the perfect complement to the incredibly crunchy toast. The ham hock was somewhat dulcet, and therefore nicely offset by the piccalilli. I thought both dishes were really tasty and would gladly order them again.
For mains we went for two of the specials; the ribeye steak with béarnaise sauce and skinny fries and the honey glazed barbary duck breast with lentils. Both were perfectly cooked – juicy and tender; the steak was definitely up there with one of the best I’ve ever had. There wasn't a soggy chip in sight and the assortment of condiments came in adorable individual mini jam jars.
Finally, for dessert, we opted for the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream (it usually comes with salted caramel but they had run out), and the chocolate tart with raspberry ripple ice cream. The sticky toffee pudding definitely needed the ice cream as it was drier than I had expected but no less delicious for it and the chocolate tart was so dense it was hard to cut although the rich tasting chocolate was perfectly balanced with the creamy ice cream and really I couldn’t fault it. They put an emphasis on using fresh ingredients, locally sourced, wherever possible and I think that this really shows in the high quality dishes they create.
Gastro pubs may be a dime a dozen in the capital, but few do it so well as The Geronimo Inns group and The Betjeman Arms is no exception. So if you are passing through St Pancras for more than simply a couple of minutes, I would highly recommend this particular spot; tucked away in a corner on the upper floor, it’s a charmingly intimate environment in which to enjoy a drink and some marvellous food.
The Betjeman Arms is open daily from 9am; closing at 11pm Monday – Saturday and 10:30 pm on Sunday.